45th Train & Hobby Show Roars into Mid-Hudson Civic Center Nov. 12th!
Supports 100 Year Old Hyde Park Railroad Station
On Sunday, November 12th, the Hudson Valley Railroad Society (HVRRS) hosts its 45th Annual Railroad Exposition at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center located at 14 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie. The not-for-profit HVRRS sponsors the annual expo with all proceeds benefitting the ongoing restoration and operation of the 1914 Hyde Park Railroad Station Museum, which has National Historical designation and turns 102 years old this year.
On display at the expo, you’ll see 20,000 square feet of operating scale model train layouts, ranging from the tiny “Z” to the big 1½ inch scale kids love to sit in to have their picture taken. You’ll also see “N”, “HO”, “O” and “G” scales, as well as Lionel, trolleys, and Thomas the Tank for the younger fans. Large modular layouts are planned by the Old Newburgh Model Railroad Club, Albany N-Trak and the National Model Railroad Association. Check out the cool hands-on operating layouts and slot-car tracks for children to run. Several Railroad clinics are offered; even railroad films are screened!
The model railroad flea market is a very popular feature of the show, with dozens of vendor tables selling all scales of new and used model railroad equipment, plus items of interest to rail fans, model railroaders and slot-car fans. Grab this great chance for holiday gift shopping for the kids, young and old, on your list. A White Elephant table is also stocked, for anyone wanting to sell an item or two. Click here for Exhibitor/Vendor information
You can get information from other train-related organizations and businesses, such as New York by Rail, a guide devoted to planning exciting train trips on Amtrak. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center is convenient to Amtrak and Metro-North trains and bus services.
Don’t miss this one! Show hours are Sunday, 10am to 3pm at Poughkeepsie’s Mid-Hudson Civic Center, which also sponsors the event. Refreshments are available on premises. Ticket prices make this an event for the entire family, so bring them along! Tickets, available at the door, are $5 and children under 12 are admitted for just $2. For more information, including a map, pictures and directions, visit the HVRRS website or call 845-297-0901. Convenient to Amtrak/Metro North Trains and Bus Services!
Further Exploration: Historic Hyde Park Station
Train enthusiast? Visit the Hyde Park Railroad Station on River Road in Hyde Park at Riverside Park. A station was built in 1851, when the Hudson River Railroad was constructed from New York to Albany. It was replaced by this station in 1914. The last New York Central passenger train stopped there in 1958. The outer two tracks were then removed, and the entrances to the tunnel passage for the southbound platform were boarded over. The station, freight house and property were sold to Hyde Park. The station was badly vandalized and slated for demolition when the Hudson Valley Railroad Society signed a lease for the building with the town in 1975.
WATCH: a Video on the History of the Hyde Park Train Station!
A great deal of repair work had to be done! Windows, doors, exterior trim, as well as the Spanish tile roof, were repaired or replaced to make the station weather-tight. Inside, volunteers rebuilt the ticket booth, wiring, plumbing and heating systems. Members refurbished the benches, plus the waiting and baggage rooms. The restoration work was done at the Society's expense, and all maintenance of the station is now their responsibility.
Inside you’ll find displays depicting the area's railroading past, running models trains, and knowledgeable train enthusiasts who’ll answer questions about the great "Iron Horse". The station may be inactive, but a very active Hudson Division still exists. Amtrak trains pass the station providing Empire Corridor Service!
It’s located at the foot of the hill formed by West Market St. and River Rd., following the south wall of the Vanderbilt estate. The Hyde Park Station is open year-round on Mondays, 5 to 9 pm. Business meeting with educational program afterward, 2nd Monday monthly at 7:30 pm. The station is open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the summer, 12 noon to 5 pm.